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    NYPIRG and SA lobby in Albany for higher education affordability

    Every spring semester, hundreds of CUNY and SUNY students from different corners of New York travel to the State Capitol for Higher Education Action Day. It’s a day dedicated for students to share their desire for higher education affordability, a cornerstone of the New York Public Interest Research Group’s agenda. NYPIRG, along with other CUNY and SUNY faculty and student organizations, brought students to Albany on March 2 to lobby their legislators. The event was scheduled over a week before discussions to decide on the proposed state budget. “My main goal is to push our legislators to have our interests first,” Levi Castle, a freshman at Queens College, said. Castle…

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    Test brings headaches for many student teachers

    Among the different assessments that potential teachers must take for New York State certification, one is especially controversial for its standards—edTPA. Developed by Stanford University, the assessment requires students to submit a portfolio that includes of commentaries, student work and at least one video of them teaching. The latter requires parental consent of kids in the video, a challenge for those taking the test. After New York required its use in 2014, the teacher assessment test was by unions and groups, including the American Federation of Teachers and New York State United Teachers. Beverly Falk, director of the Graduate Programs in Early Childhood Education at City College of New York,…

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    A reverse transfer system comes to CUNY

    Chancellor James Milliken announced last month a new program allowing transfer students to finish their associate’s degree as they work toward a bachelor’s degree at a senior college. The program encourages transfer students to senior colleges at CUNY, while helping students remain academically competitive. This is a reverse transfer as, once the required credits are reached, students receive an associate’s degree from their previous community college. “We know that many students transfer to senior colleges before earning associate degrees, and we want to do everything we can to give our students every credential they’ve earned and give them an advantage in the marketplace,” Milliken said. “The associate’s degree can also…

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    Students lobby for affordable education

    On Feb. 26, a score of college students from all over New York gathered in Albany to fight for affordable higher education on Higher Education Action Day. Higher Education Action Day is an event going on in New York for years. The New York Public Interest Research Group, the largest student-directed research and advocacy organization in the state, and the University Student Senate, which includes students from all CUNY governments, among other organizations sponsored the event. During Higher Education Action Day, students come from all over the state to Albany and present their cases for affordable education. The lobbying takes place at a crucial time, only days before the State’s…